Our artistic director is a Russian concert Pianist Yulia Chaplina. Born in Rostov-on-Don (Russia), London-based Yulia Chaplina gave her debut performance aged 7, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed extensively in Europe and Asia. Since her first major competition win in Poland, aged 9, Yulia has won first prize in piano competitions in Paris, London, Andorra, Kiev, Kharkov and St. Petersburg. After winning the first prize and gold medal in the junior section of the 5th Tchaikovsky International Competition, Yulia performs regularly both in recital and with orchestras, in many of the world's finest venues including Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Grand Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, Main Hall of Busan’s Cultural Centre, Hiroshima’s Bunka Gakuen Hall, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama and many other prestigious venues.